DCI Arrest Man With Telco Equipment Suspected of “Cyber Espionage”


The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) yesterday announced that they have arrested a man who is a suspect of cyber espionage in Taita Taveta.

52 year old Archibald Kalela Mwandawiro was arrested yesterday and devices used in the interception, access and transmission of messages to unauthorized people were recovered.

DCI SSU detectives acted in intelligence raided the suspect’s house and found a host of equipment that was used in the operation. This included two GSM devices with one fitted with 512 simcards, 4 Internet Routers, GSM Skyline with 64 Safaricom simcards, 25 modems, 83 Airtel simcards, 76 Safaricom simcards, HP laptop, electric inverter and a mobile handset.

“It has since been established that the widely traveled suspect is a computer science expert from a local university, who sends espionage materials to a country in the West,” the department said.

The department says that the suspect is in custody as further investigations continue.

DCI is involved in the fight against misuse of tech in the country. Last year, they warned Kenyans from buying electronic devices from shady shops. In 2018, they arrested four people behind theft of laptops from city hotels. Also recently in a separate incident, the DCI summoned a popular gossip blogger over a social media expose so their mandate reaches far and wide.


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